From Fellow to Attending—Jeff is Home Sweet Home
Christina Tofani, MD, is a self-admitted homebody. She never strayed too far from her South Jersey roots on her journey to become a doctor. She attended La Salle University in Philadelphia as a biology major, went on to the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. When it was time for a fellowship in gastroenterology, she opted to stay close to home again—she chose Jefferson.
“I chose Jefferson for its excellent clinical reputation,” she says. “The GI division at Jefferson services a diverse patient population, and I knew I would be well trained in treating bread-and-butter GI as well as a variety of challenging cases.”
After a three-year fellowship, Dr. Tofani decided to remain at Jefferson as an attending physician specializing in luminal advanced endoscopy, Barrett’s esophagus, small bowel enteroscopy, and upper and lower endoscopic mucosal resection.
She cites several reasons for staying at Jefferson, including the desire to be close to family and friends, and the opportunity to live in a vibrant city where there is so much to do and see in proximity to the hospital.
Another factor weighing into the decision was the opportunity to use her specialized training in luminal advanced endoscopy. “We are a major referral center, and we see a high volume of patients who are in need of therapeutic endoscopic procedures. But most importantly, I had incredible mentorship in a positive environment at Jefferson, which has continued into the early part of my career,” she says.
Dr. Tofani appreciates being part of a thriving academic center that allows her to pursue both clinical and research interests.
“I love being able to provide interventional procedures to patients with small bowel bleeding in hopes to finally improve their quality of life, and to prevent cancers with careful endoscopic removal of complex polyps or ablation of dysplastic Barrett’s esophagus. Jefferson gives you plenty of opportunities to care for a variety of patients—while also pursuing your personal interests in education and research.”